RGU Principal warns of “grave situation” for sector


THE principal and vice-chancellor of Robert Gordon University (RGU) has warned of a stark outlook for higher education facilities due to funding issues.

Professor Steve Olivier spoke about the “grave situation” at an event organised by RGU and the University Alliance.

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Prof Olivier said teaching allocations in the sector have been cut by almost a fifth (19%) in the last decade, admitting that it’s a “terrible situation with no real relief in sight”.

He added: “In the most recent year we are now talking another £28.1 million down.

“We’re already underfunded compared to England. So we’re struggling.

“I don’t believe that this situation is sustainable, I say that with sadness because we have got such a great system.”

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